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June 1932

A MACHINE FOR MERCURIAL INUNCTIONS

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Newark, N. J.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(6):1102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450021138015
Abstract

In many instances a syphilitic patient discontinues treatment because of a distaste for the mode of treatment. For that reason, I have devised a machine to be used in the giving of mercurial inunctions to those to whom intramuscular injections are painful.

The diagram is self-explanatory. Pads of various sizes may be used. The forearms and thighs are treated alternately, and the patient soon learns to use the machine himself. He takes two or more treatments a week and times them himself. The amount of mercury used may be regulated by the physician or nurse. Those who rebel at injections of bismuth or mercurials are subdued by the promise of painless therapy.

I have used this method for five years, during which I have seen no cases of mercurial dermatitis. I am sure that I have retained under surveillance many patients who would have joined the horde of inadequately treated

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